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Old 11-06-2018, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default Big Trout and Redfish in the Fall

In the last few weeks, cold fronts have finally started coming through and the fishing has been amazing! Mullet start getting thick in the shallows, and the trout and reds move in to feed at the buffet. This is my favorite time of year to get out and sightfish all day, and watching big fish eat my jerkbait never gets old!

The redfish have been a lot easier than the trout, but still not the easiest thing to do in clear water under bright blue skies. Most people sightfish with soft plastics, but I go a different route and keep using my hard plastic jerkbaits. The more erratic the action, the better the chance of getting their attention and getting a bite. Ripping an Xrap right by a redfish, and watching it explode after it like a missile, and then watching the gills flare before hooking up is one of the coolest things to see on the flats!

The big trout are a whole other animal when it comes to sightfishing, and definitely take some serious patience to keep going after them since They Love To Play Games! They often follow a lure for 10, 20, 30yds (sometimes within inches of the lure without biting it) and it’s been fun trying to figure it out how to trigger them this year.

Flounder have been around, and have been catching them even though I haven’t fished for them. They love to eat a jerkbait as well, and the ones that come off or follow the lure but don’t bite get fed a jig pretty quickly.

All these fish have been in 1-3’ of water, hanging around mullet in the grass. The lures I used were the Rapala Xrap, Lucky Craft Flash Minnow and Rapala Twitchin Minnow fished at high speeds.

Here’s some pics from the last couple weekends:
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Amen!!!
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Nice fish ! So true about the trout playing with the idea of eating your lure.....especially this time of the year !
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You're tha man, Jeff! I've found a few fish on my few outings but you're still the master! Thanks for the report and the tips.
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Good job Jeff, you definitely know how to locate the big ones!
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That is awesome.
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now that's a report!! Very cool
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Great pictures Jeff!
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Jeff, I have to get me a camera setup so I can get pictures like that!
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